«  View All Posts

Rhino Shield Paints Historic Homes

May 10th, 2024 | 3 min. read

By admin

Picture this: you’re standing before a stunning Victorian home, with its intricate woodwork and the timeless elegance that only centuries can bestow. But beneath the surface of its quaint charm lies a challenge many historic homeowners face—the daunting task of repainting with care and precision, especially when dealing with hazardous materials like lead paint. Are you worried about preserving the original character of your home while ensuring the safety and durability of the paint job? You're not alone.


At Rhino Shield, we understand these concerns deeply. Historic homes are treasures that require more than just a fresh coat of paint. They need a commitment to preservation, expertise in handling potentially harmful substances, and a solution that stands the test of time. That’s what we specialize in. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of safely removing old lead paint and choosing the best options for repainting your historic home. By the end, you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed decision, whether Rhino Shield is the right choice for your cherished property—or not.


Understanding Lead Paint in Historic Homes

Why is there lead paint? Most historic homes boast layers of paint that date back decades, often containing lead, which was commonly used until its ban in 1978. Lead paint, while durable, poses significant health risks when disturbed. Recognizing this is the first step toward a safe renovation.

 Historical Gallery

Certified Lead Paint Removal by Rhino Shield Professionals

Lead paint removal is not a DIY afternoon project. It’s a meticulous process that starts with our lead-certified contractors—who are trained specifically for working on historic properties. Here’s how they tackle it:

  • Preparation: Before anything else, we confirm the presence of lead using specialized test kits. The area is then sealed with plastic sheeting to contain any lead particles, ensuring they don’t escape into other parts of your home.
  • Safety Gear: Our team gears up in disposable coveralls, gloves, goggles, and HEPA respirators—a setup that guards against lead exposure effectively.
  • Removal Techniques:
    • Wet scraping keeps the paint damp to minimize dust.
    • Wet sanding and chemical strippers are used where appropriate to further reduce airborne particles.
    • Heat stripping is performed carefully with low-temperature heat guns to avoid vaporizing the lead.
  • Cleanup: Post-removal, we meticulously vacuum with HEPA filters and wet mop the area. All waste is securely bagged, sealed, and disposed of according to hazardous waste guidelines.
  • Tarping: We tarp the surrounding area to protect the ground and soil from contamination.
  • Testing: Finally, we don’t just hope for the best; we verify by having the area professionally tested to confirm that no lead residue remains.


Preserving the Integrity of Historic Wood

Historic homes often feature beautiful, but sensitive, wooden architectures. At Rhino Shield, we tailor our approach to the specific type of wood in your home. This enables our primers to truly seep in and bond with the wood, enhancing durability while maintaining the wood's natural charm.


Color Choices in Historical Accuracy

Choosing the right color is not just about aesthetic appeal—it's about authenticity. We have color charts that suit historical palettes, ensuring that our options complement the original style of your home. Whether it’s the understated elegance of early American colors or the bold hues of Victorian times, we have options that resonate with every era. Victorian homes are designed to have a minimum of three colors, and sometimes as many as six or seven!


Enhancing Insulation in Historic Homes

Older homes often struggle with insulation. Rhino Shield goes beyond mere painting by improving your home’s thermal envelope without compromising its historical appearance. This added insulation can help reduce energy costs and increase comfort.


Repair and Replacement of Damaged Materials

When we encounter damaged materials, our experts can repair or replace them with materials that best match the historical accuracy of your home. Whether it’s a few weathered boards or more significant structural elements, we ensure every repair respects the original craftsmanship.


Approval by Historic Societies

Our commitment to maintaining the integrity of historic neighborhoods has earned us approvals from several historic societies. Sometimes, when you do work in a historic neighborhood, that neighborhood will evaluate a product to ensure it won’t affect the aesthetic of the neighborhood and that it is truly protective and premium. Rhino Shield has been approved by several of these historic societies to use on their homes.


Conclusion: Why Rhino Shield Might Be Right for You

Choosing Rhino Shield means opting for a team that values the preservation of your home as much as you do. We offer a durable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing solution to painting historic homes. However, we recognize that our solutions may not be for everyone. If you seek a quick, temporary fix, we might not be the right fit. But if you value thoroughness, durability, and historical integrity, Rhino Shield could be exactly what your home needs.


By the end of this guide, we hope you feel equipped and confident to make the best decisions for your historic home’s painting and preservation. Remember, protecting your home’s past is just as important as planning its future.


If you’d like a free, no-obligation quote for Rhino Shield, click the button below.